• Tim_B.'s Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Sorry to hear that, Bermy. At least she had the decency to get back to you with an answer. That seems like it might be a rare thing, nowadays. Maybe she'll still be a good future prospect. Tim
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    2 Weeks Ago
    Thanks again guys for the info. I climbed yesterday. I now have a Distel setup on the Lanyard. I used this for about three days without any issues. Yesterday however the first time I used it...it didn't grab. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't going to lay into it without checking it first but it made me nervous not seeing it grab every time. I've had this issue with the other hitch knots with this hitch cord. I have to get rid of this hitch cord. It's Tenex 9mm I think. Black and green in color. First of all it seems pine tar absorbs into this stuff worst than any other rope I open. This hitch cord also has almost a glaze on it even after using it for a year. I think this is why it doesn't always grab.
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    I think you may be right. I have't actually used the 8mm Ocean on the lanyard in an actual climb but I can tell you that whatever this hitch cord is that I'm using now isn't a confidence builder. It's 10mm, which should be fine with a 1/12" lanyard rope...right? But it's a rather a loose weave hitch cord with almost like a slick outer texture. I'm replacing it with something else. I have noticed that the lanyard is going through almost a break-in period and the more I use it the better the hitch grabs...until pine sap gets in there.
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    No actually I'm climbing only with SRT. I have to learn how to place a rope saving on this line but during this climb up this 91 footer I had to move the TIP three times to get it to where I needed it. In this circumstance how do you guys handle a rope saving on a TIP that has to be moved this many times?
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Good point! Life support gear isn't just the rope I'm climbing on. Thanks Gary I agree. I won't go this route. I am climbing SRT with base anchor for the initial work but would a canopy anchor be a better choice for a "visit" back to this site? Something like a Alpine Butterfly loop on the working end of the line, placing the running end through it and letting it cinch down on the an appropriate TIP?
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks guys for all the great input. I'm using a 13mm lanyard but don't like this crap hitch cord. I don't know the brand or type other than it's 10mm, green and black in color and absorbs pitch like we the people! Hate this stuff. I'm going to try switching to Ocean Poly 8mm as this hitch cord has been great great with a lot of ropes and a lot of application. I'm a Rookie for sure but gaining some valuable experience by doing this work. It's funny, before I was actually doing the installs, when I was just climbing to climb I wasn't putting my self in a "work" mind set. With this said, I found myself being concerned with things that weren't all that important...over thinking lots of things. Now I don't feel that way. I now feel like I know what works for this situation. I know that I have to build a tool hanger system because fighting tool and hardware storage shouldn't be part of the job. I know I need an easy way to hang my tools, compartmentalized my hardware (bolts, washers, etc), extra batteries and hold a drink. I have fastened a wire loop on all the tools for easy clipping. I have a hoist line that I install to hoist up my tool bag but I think there must be a better way. Carrying all of this gear on me is not going to happen. I'm only 135lbs and don't want to wear myself down just getting up there with all this gear. The more I can have up there the least time I waste. I was thinking maybe a bucket tool carrier where all the the tools stay in the 5 gallon PVC bucket and on the edge the pouches hold the rest of the stuff or maybe a daisy chain webbing sling with all the loops. This will be ideal to hang on a branch and hang all the heavy tools on their own loop with a beaner. I'm getting off subject now. I'm using the Distel hitch right now and so far so good. Thanks guys. This pitch is going to be a big problem so after more time I'll try a Gibbs mechanical adjuster. Thank you all. Chris
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    3 Weeks Ago
    Thanks guys! Sorry about this long delay in my reply...I've spent a lot of time in this tree and each day after about 6 hours up there I'm DONE at the end of the day. Ok I will not try and place a climbing line in the tree permanently. I hear you all loud and clear. A few of you had mentioned leaving a pull line up there. I can do that but what is the best way to do this so that it's not seen, the wind doesn't blow it out of reach and to ensure it's going to be a quick install of the climbing line? These trees are holding an emergency radio communication node that may need to be serviced in a hurry...maybe after a lightning hit or faulty radio or controller. So I need to be able to get up there quickly. Maybe leaving a false crotch/cambium saver with the rings? What's going to hold that in place? thank you all for your time and efforts. Chris
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Thanks guys! I just set up it with a Distel hitch. For sure this is much better. The distance between the biner/pulley and the being of the coil of the hitch is quite a ways away. The further away this is the less responsive the adjustment seems to be. I also think the diameter of the hitch cord and the type is not the best choice for this job. I don't know the brand but it's card that came with a kit. Green and black about 9mm. It works but it's clunky. I was hoping to use something like Ocean Poly 8mm but something a bit shorter than the 28" length...which seems to be very common. I'll also look into the VT and Michoacan. Thank you all. I would think the VT would be very long in length. Wouldn't this limited how close to the tree you can get due to the hitch being so long? I have consider using a rope grab also. Here's the thing...since I'm climbing mostly in White Pines which is better for pine tar issues? Pine tar seems to mess up everything. Thank you all very much for your time. Chris
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Thanks guys for your input. Well a few things about this I fail to mention. These trees may be located in the middle of a forest or on private land (with permission granted) but in a area where somebody might stumble upon. This is why I would rather not leave a dangling pull line hanging from the tree. The idea was to using some sort of hardware to make sure the climbing line says put and is safe but it must be fully enclosed to protect it from animals, bugs, weather and UV. I really would like to come up with a solution that isn't as involved as my initial idea. Dmc the wood up there...well in this tree is 8" or larger in places but it doesn't have to be a the very top. I like the pull line idea but I would have to conceal it. So in this situation time/speed of ascending into the tree may be really important. So if the climbing line wasn't installed permanently in the tree and I pulled it up when needed I would think a canopy anchor is faster to install than a basal anchor? Any suggestions how this would play out? Chris
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    On my lanyard I'm using a Hitch Climber pulley for my adjustment with a four wrap prusik knot. One....I don't think the Hitch Climber pulley is the best for this as the DMM Pinto seem like a better choice but the standard four wrap prusik doesn't seem to be the best for this applications. The ends of the hitch cord are sort of pulling more on one than the other being uneven due to it being pulled in one direction. Is there a better hitch knot for lanyard adjustments? I see the the CE Lanyard uses a Pinto pulley and a nice small hitch cord for adjustment but I can't tell what type of knot they are using with this product. Any ideas? Thanks, Chris
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  • soup-n-sandwich's Avatar
    4 Weeks Ago
    Guys I'm climbing White Pines for radio communication systems. Once I establish the static line and work my way up then do the installation I want to install a permanent line for quick assess for maintenance or emergency repair. I would like to be able to lag or through bolt in an eye bolt or similar but it must be rated for something like this. I was thinking maybe one of these? https://www.treehousesupplies.com/category_s/74.htm Could I use a Double Fisherman's loop or similar knot for this connection? I will design a housing for this rope that will be remotely dropped when it's needed. This house will protect it from animals, bugs and weather. Any ideas what might work for this application? Thanks guys, Chris
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  • Tim_B.'s Avatar
    09-03-2017
    This might be a slight derail, but were you still able to climb it, or did you have to somehow winch it over and drop it? Thanks in advance. Tim
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  • Tim_B.'s Avatar
    08-07-2017
    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. The one thing I wanted to say about this is the huge advantage climbing SRT provides, with regard to support points. With DdRT, you have to isolate a branch, (which can be a lot of work to do) and it better be a good one. With SRT, you can lace your climbing rope through 20 crotches if you want to, and they'll all help to support your weight. If the primary support point breaks out, the hope is that the backup support points will withstand the shock load and prevent a fall. At least, this is how I like to think of it. It takes a bit more time to set up this way, but it makes me feel more at ease. The other big thing you can do, and which I do most of the times I climb, is to use two separate ropes, two separate climbing systems, and different support points, as Kevin Bingham advocates. This provides redundancy and also gives you the advantage of being able to pull yourself from two different directions. Again, more work to set up, but enormously helpful over and over again, I find, for work positioning. Thanks for putting up with this long-winded post. Tim
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    08-02-2017
    Tim_B. replied to a thread Black Bears Matter in Odds and Ends
    Did she hit on you, Levi? Tim
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    06-19-2017
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  • Tim_B.'s Avatar
    06-19-2017
    Originally Posted by squisher "I appreciate the response Daniel. Am curious still why you nipped the sapwood. What where your thoughts/reasons for doing it?" "Like". I'm all for it. Tim
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  • Tim_B.'s Avatar
    06-12-2017
    Lookin' good, Burnham. Still lean and mean looking. How was the air temperature on the day? It looks like almost ideal climbing conditions. Beautiful tree, beautiful yard. Tim
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  • Tim_B.'s Avatar
    04-30-2017
    Tim_B. replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Hey, Bodean! You may be teaching me something here! Are you saying that when you want to descend using the Rope Wrench with hitch cord, that you just pull down on the top of the Rope Wrench? If so, is the Rope Wrench then coming into contact with your hitch cord? I guess I thought the whole idea of the Rope Wrench was to share friction with the hitch, and that if you fully collapsed the Rope Wrench, it would no longer be sharing friction, and therefore the hitch would bind up on you. I'd be interested in hearing the details of how you implement this technique, so that I can understand how it works. Gloves wanting to get caught in the hitch cord is a problem I sometimes have, also. The bigger deal for me, though, is if your technique somehow keeps your hitch cord from ever binding up on you on descent. I know moss started a thread on this issue a while back either on this forum or on the buzz, but I thought I'd ask for your two cents. I haven't been climbing in quite some time due to a heavy work schedule at my normal job, but any tips are appreciated, for the next time I get the chance. Thanks in advance for any answers you choose to give. Tim Edit: I just realized I'm posting a question about the Wrench in a thread dedicated to the Akimbo. Apologies for the derail; (but I'd still like an answer to my query, so just how sorry can I really be? lol)
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  • Tim_B.'s Avatar
    04-27-2017
    Hey, folks! Sorry I didn't learn about this sooner; only about one more day to take advantage. It's a flash sale of 20% off on select items until 4/28/2017. Use coupon code FLASHME. Here's a link to the web page. http://www.treestuff.com/news.asp?news_id=2222 This should bring the price of the green Rope Runner down to $280.00, if I'm doing the math right. Hopefully it helps out at least one person. Tim
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    04-21-2017
    Hey, Butch! Let's not get too crazy, here. That's pizza you're talking about, after all. Tim
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    01-25-2017
    Tim_B. replied to a thread Maleware Alert? in Announcements!!!
    Evan, you hit one out of the park with this post! Nice job on the research. Also on figuring out how to do a screen capture and then managing to figure out how to include it (or them) in your post. Nice work all around. Bravo! Tim
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    01-15-2017
    Tim_B. replied to a thread my dirt bag cabin in Odds and Ends
    Yeah, Jaime needs a clone of himself or two to handle all the irons he has in the fire.
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